Paul Bowles letters to Irving Stettner

Biographical and Historical Notes

Paul Bowles (1910-1999)

The American composer and author Paul Frederic Bowles (1910-1999) produced numerous works of fiction, essays, travel writing, poems, autobiographical pieces, and other works.

In 1938, Paul Bowles married the aspiring writer Jane Auer. Inspired by his wife's success and her dedication to writing, Bowles began his own career as an author, eventually surpassing his already successful reputation as a composer.


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Sawyer-Laucanno, Christopher. An Invisible Spectator: A Biography of Paul Bowles. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989.

Irving Stettner (1922-2004)

American poet and author Irving Stettner (1922-2004) contributed poems to more than thirty-five magazines in the United States and abroad, was the editor and publisher of Stroker.


"Irving Stettner." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). (accessed January 14, 2013).

Stroker Press. (accessed January 14, 2013).

Scope and Content Note

In these typed letters, American novelist Paul Bowles (1910-1999) thanked American poet and author Irving Stettner (1922-2004), who published writings by Moroccan artist and author Mohammed Mrabet and Paul Bowles in Stroker, for sending a publication and for his recent visit to Tangier.

Writing on August 25, 1979, Bowles thanked Stettner for sending a copy of an article from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, which regarded Henry Miller's unwillingness to provide interviews. Bowles expressed his own reluctance to do interviews, describing it as "sheer agony."

On June 25, 1988, Bowles wrote that an agreement for Mohammed Mrabet's letters may have been reached but, Bowles continued, "I don't ask because it's not my affair." Bowles also mentioned that Stettner had taken some of Mrabet's drawings for consideration by a Lyon gallery.